Since Hava Nagila is a secular song, is it inappropriate to sing it at Jewish events or simchas?
This song was actually sung long before the 2nd World War in the CHRNOBIL dynasty on Simchas Torah, the Israelis hijacked it, & ever since you’ll not hear it at any chassidish tischn, except for Skver where they still sing it at the NEILAS HACHAG tisch on simchas Torah,
Actually I heard is was originally a Lubavitcher niggun, but when the secular people turned it in to what it is today, the Lubavichers don’t use it anymore.
What makes pesukim from Tehillim a secular song?
In Belz, they recently started singing it, as they did before WW2.
The question is, what’s so special about this song?
Hava Negilla is actually american
The Hava Nagila song was created by secular zionists at Hebrew University in the late 1910s.
Joseph I suggest you do some research,
& to Iacismma, where on Tehilim did you see these words?
I thought we don’t sing it because it’s a Zionist song
Chymee, Wikipedia agrees with Joseph. The tune originated with chassidim, the song, at Hebrew U.
According to an online article, Avraham Zvi Idelsohn, …a passionate Zionist … sought to pioneer a new style of modern national music that would unify the Jewish people as they returned to their historic homeland in Palestine. To that end, he arranged and composed many new Hebrew-language songs based on traditional melodies. These modern songs with ancient roots quickly became popular as new Hebrew folk songs, sung in kibbutzim, moshavs and printed in songbooks in the Jewish community of pre-state Israel and beyond. Among them was Hava Nagila.
Is Hava Nagila sung at heimishe chasunas?
Not as far as I know.
I have never heard the song IRL